By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
In Bhekasana the practitioner assumes the shape of a frog and hence the name. It is a reclining pose. It is not described in medieval Hatha Yoga treatises. It is found to be mentioned in Light on Yoga (B.K.S. Iyengar) and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (Pattabhi Jois).
Bheka = Frog
Asana = Pose, Posture
This pose is done from a prone position. From this position the knees are bent, the arms reach the back and catch the feet and press them down. The arms are reversed, the elbows point upwards and fingertips downwards. The head and chest are lifted and the performer looks upwards. It opens up the quad and hip flexors and also opens up the chest and improves the posture.
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Preparation for Bhekasana
- Perform frog pose on empty stomach. Do it early in the morning when your stomach is empty….